Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan Seminar

2016-06-20 15:30


Title: Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan

Speaker: Dr. David Hanly, SaskPower Consultant – Strategic Corporate Development, Resource Planning

Time: June 20, 3:30 PM

Place: 210 – 2 Research Drive



Saskatchewan’s climate has changed over the past 50 to 100 years and is expected to continue to change for the next 50 to 100 years due to elevated greenhouse gas levels.  The impacts are not just in terms of average temperature and precipitation levels but also changes in the strength and frequency of extreme events such as hot days, storms, and drought.   Saskatchewan’s energy infrastructure is strongly influenced by weather and climate from the need to meet peak demand for electricity during hot days in the summer to droughts which limit cooling water supply and reduce hydro power to flooding of oil wells during extended periods of high precipitation.  Modelling which projects shifts in future climate in Saskatchewan can be used to inform decisions on investment in energy infrastructure to reduce impacts from climate change.   Results from climate models project rising average temperature of 2 – 3 degrees by mid-century, with on average drier conditions in the south and wetter in north with greater variability of weather leading to greater frequency and severity of drought and an increase in extreme heat days.